If you're going to start stealing, might as well make good art with it
By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
The thing no one tells you about being creative? The rules are a lot more malleable than we think. Remember everyday-shakeup-and-creative-initiator Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist?
He argues that everything is stolen. And that every creative knows this fact. Art is remix.
Last week NPR released a case-study in the remix via the First-Listen of the new Gatsby album. My favorites of the tracks are those that fuse the vintage and contemporary elements. In interviews with Luhrmann, the director of the film releaved that he was loate to have the album be entirely '20s throwback tunes, stating that the book is so entirely steeped in the music of its time, it near to drips the jazz age. To have the movie come out in 2013 without a nod to modern music would have rung false to Gatsby's nature.
Thus he chose Jay-Z to score the film - ensuring that the film felt just as hip and "of-the-time" as dear Gatsby himself. The result is a fab mix of old and new that help usher the character into this modern era with ease.
Take a listen to one of the tracks, Bang Bang (will.i.am) which borrows lovingly from old school motifs:
JOANNA SYIEK is a Los Angeles-based music junkie with a penchant for long road trips, original theatre work, clean graphic design, and really good Indian food. She directs around the City of Angels and writes about nourishing creativity, Broadway favorites, and talent obsessions over on her blogging home. www.thoughtsontheatre.wordpress.com
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